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Apple TV buffering issues with iPhone 4s and iPad 2

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tutin12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 9, 2012 10:05 AM

Hi all,


I just got me an Apple TV 2nd gen (yeah, I know, ordered 2 days before the presentation of the new one). So far so good, the device is up and running, connects just fine to my Airport Express router and all.


However, if I try to stream a video from my iPad (2) or my iPhone (4S), the results are quite horriffic. The iPad videos would buffer for a very long time before they start and then quite fast after that the buffering problems restart. It's pretty impossible to play a video fluently of more than 20 seconds. If I'd try from my iPhone it's even worse with videos being 1080p, the thing just never plays, eventually the preloading process stops on the mirroring mode is cut.


I have to point out, all my devices are in the same room (WiFi) so the signal is the best it can be.


This is honestly quite surprising AND disappointing to be honest, given I bought the device mostly for that, so I can stream videos from my phone and pad.


Tell me, am I doing something wrong, or the video streaming over those devices is just a marketing gimmick with nothing real behind it?


Would it matter if I change my router from Airport express to Airport extreme?



AppleTV 2, iOS 4.3.3
  • Damian Smith1 Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to tutin12)



    Depending on where you live you could return the ATV2 and get the new one Next week. In the US it 14days and the best part  would be the updated hardware for the same price.

  • Damian Smith1 Level 3 Level 3 (740 points)

    It could a an issue with interference

  • JohnTheMacGeek Calculating status...
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    Mar 23, 2012 4:55 PM (in response to tutin12)

    I have an Airport Extreme (2nd Gen) and I, too, am having the same buffering issues.

  • Scott Rasche Calculating status...
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    Mar 25, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to tutin12)

    I have the same issue and I am using the latest Apple TV, with airport extreme and iPhone 4s. A video just 30 seconds shot on my iPhone could take up to 3 minutes to buffer enough to start playing. A definite show stopper. I've tried different settings on the airport extreme to no avail. It plays all other videos with no problem. The 1080p videos from iPhone are a no go.

  • JPBLACK Calculating status...

    I have the same issue with ATV3 and iPhone 4S. Everything works properly, no buffering issues when watching netflix, vimeo, youtube BUT when I try mirroring even a small 15sec iPhone movie it stutters and buffers and results to a choppy playback..same with larger mp4 files such as 1-1.5GB, buffers forever and never plays, I just re-encoded the same movie to 700MB and plays perfectly..


    Why Apple, why? close..I can accept the bigger movie files issue, but not being able to playback properly an iPhone movie is funny..I recorded a movie with lower bitrate through Filmic Pro (Economy mode, up to 16Mbps)

    and plays properly.


    Is there an upcoming software update going to solve the problem or is it hardware related and therefore not fixable.


    Please don't reply with a network related answer, by 2012 we know how to set up our networks and everything else runs flawlessly.


    I'll apreciate a fast answer, we love Apple, but if it can't play an iphone movie (or a high quality movie from iTunes) it's just not up to my standards.


    Thanks again.



  • JPBLACK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 25, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to JPBLACK)

    Just to clarify, the issues when mirroring the larger movie files(>1GB) are from my MBP and iTunes (it loads as it should but doesn't start playing back or plays choppy video), the iPhone can't even mirror it's own videos as I said earlier, I didn't even bother trying a larger file..

  • LAVARA56 Calculating status...

    I'm having the same issues streaming video from my Iphone 4S to my Apple TV.  Have you heard anything from Apple regarding this issue ?





  • combolito Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2012 11:31 AM (in response to tutin12)

    Same problem with my iphone 4s. Takes 10 minutes to buffer a 1 minute long video to my Apple TV. Please fix this Apple!

  • ronald116 Calculating status...
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    May 11, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to tutin12)

    I have the same problem.  Multiple Apple TV's, two Iphone 4S, two 3rd gen Ipads... they all have the same problem streaming to the Apple TV.  I've even moved the video to a media server and attempted to stream it from there using air video, same problem.

  • ronald116 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 11, 2012 1:26 PM (in response to tutin12)

    I forgot to mention - I'm using the latest Apple TV's.

  • ronald116 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 12, 2012 2:08 PM (in response to tutin12)

    I found a way around my problem.  By using the "Play with Live Conversion" button, insteadof the "Play" button in Air Video, I don't have the delay/extended buffering.  However, I noticed the problem still exists if I try to play the movie from the Apple TV menu/remote.  It only seems to happen on Quicktime movies.

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